Albuquerque & Surrounding Areas
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
Includes a brief examination by the veterinarian, a full assessment of your pet's quality of life, and a custom treatment plan to help you care for your pet and monitor their condition.
Includes a discussion with the veterinarian, medication to ensure comfort, gentle euthanasia, pawprint impression keepsake, lock of fur, and Lap of Love's Eternal Pawprints booklet. The additional cost for the varied cremation services are detailed in the Aftercare Pricing section.
Includes a brief examination by the veterinarian to help explain your pet's condition, discuss symptom management including pain and anxiety, and prepare an end of life care plan using the appropriate quality of life scale to manage your pet along with your family's needs and desires.
There may be an additional charge for extended travel (see Service Area below), holidays ($50 - $100), pets over 99 lbs, appointments outside normal business hours (when arranged), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.
Although we mainly see dogs and cats, some of our veterinarians can assist you with other species such as pigs, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, birds, fish, and goats. Call for pricing and availability.
With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn with an engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you.
This option is for families that don't wish to have their pet's ashes returned nor wish to bury at home. Pets are respectfully cremated with other pets at a licensed crematory and ashes are scattered on cemetery grounds.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
We are here to answer your questions every day, from 6am - 8pm Mountain Standard time. Appointments are scheduled throughout the week, please call for availability.
Sometimes, pets take a turn for the worse overnight, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice when possible.
If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
“The meaning of life is service to others.” This pearl of wisdom was shared by a mentor in my hometown of Corning, a small community in rural Upstate NY. The truth of his statement resonates with me as much today as when I first heard it. Thanks to my husband’s military career, I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve animals and clients all over the country. My husband and I agree, however, that Albuquerque is the first place that has truly felt like home. We are so glad, after a short hiatus in Connecticut and Hawaii, to be back home in New Mexico for good.
The first time I experienced the joy of an animal’s unconditional love was when my mother finally succumbed to years of begging for my very own kitty. I still remember the excitement I felt when I came home from school to hear the indignant yowls of a half-Siamese, gray fuzzball who had been hidden in the bathroom as a birthday surprise. His name was Mooters and we were inseparable.
Despite the many years and happy memories we had together, it was during the heart-breaking loss of Mooters that I found my calling. I knew at that moment my purpose in life was to care for, heal, and relieve the suffering of animals. During my training at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine I volunteered with the Pet Loss Support Hotline, taking calls from pet owners who were grieving the loss of a beloved friend. It gave me a unique glimpse at the enduring power of the human-animal bond, and I embrace the responsibility of nurturing and honoring that bond in my work every day.
I do my best to assist clients during some of the hardest decisions they will ever make: when to transition from seeking a cure to hospice care and when to say goodbye to their four-legged family member. Giving the gift of a peaceful, dignified, and pain-free journey over the Rainbow Bridge to their companion – who is so much more than “just a pet” – is an honor and privilege that touches my heart. I hope to help you and your special loved ones during these difficult times with the compassion and understanding of having been there myself, first with Mooters and several furry family members since.
Becoming a veterinarian was a lifelong dream of mine. By the age of 5, I made up my mind that a career in veterinary medicine was my destined path. I grew up loving all animals, and my parents proudly accepted my passion for pets, allowing me to raise many different species: dogs, cats, gerbils, rats, canaries, hedgehogs, and even a young crow who I rescued from the ocean. If I wasn’t at school or taking care of my pets, you could find me spending any free time I had on the back of a horse.... animals were my life!
Through college and veterinary school at the University of Florida, I worked with just about every species under the sun and found a special love for pigs. After vet school, I pursued a career with beef cattle and bison on the Montana prairie, while continuing to seek an education specializing in pigs. I earned a Master of Science and Ph.D. in swine respiratory disease and worked with pigs for many years after completing my studies. Additionally, I had the privilege of conducting research and teaching veterinary students in Minnesota for several years.
A longing to be closer to my family finally brought me back to Maine where I transitioned my career to small animal medicine in general practice and emergency clinics. This is where I developed a love for geriatric patients, and expanded my abilities to assist these patients through receiving a Certificate of Veterinary Acupuncture.
The passion I’ve developed for caring for geriatric patients led me to Lap of Love. End of life care is truly a calling of mine. I feel like I can offer families the profound understanding for helping them and their pets through these delicate moments. Joining Lap of Love has also brought me to New Mexico, where I’m appreciating a much warmer climate and am near my son again!
Aside from my passion for veterinary medicine, I enjoy spending time with my pup, Daisy (a Chihuahua Dachshund mix who I rescued a few years back), and my silly orange cat, Arlo. I also love all forms of art, fly fishing for trout, a good cup of coffee, cooking, and knitting.
Erin Deveau, DVM
The compassion you had for not just my Rowdy but for us all was just amazing. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you do. My Rowdy isn't just my dog he is my child with fur. You made his passing as bearable as you could for what is mentally taking a toll on me. He went so peaceful in my arms. I couldn't ask for a more humane way to go. Thank you for all you do."
Kim DanielAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"We recently lost our sweet kitty, Ongo, to a rapidly progressive neurological disorder. He had been in good health until about a month ago, and it quickly came to a point where it was clear that he was in the final stages of his amazing life. I acquired Ongo when I was 20 years old, 17 years ago. He was an adult stray that simply decided that I was his person and he was my cat. As a person who had a very troubled early adulthood, this silly cat saw me through the absolute worst of times. His sweet snuggles and unyielding loyalty saved my sanity (and potentially my life). When we knew he was at the beginning of the end, it was absolutely essential to us that he have a peaceful, beautiful death befitting of an incredible feline soul. We chose Lap of Love and could not have been happier with the services provided. Dr. Erin demonstrated professionalism, humanism, empathy, and unmatched clinical prowess. Because of her, an absolutely tragic day morphed into one that was not only palatable, but also sadly beautiful. Ongo passed peacefully in his loving home, surrounded by his human mates. We couldn't be more thankful for the care provided. It should also be noted that my husband and I have worked in neurosurgical critical care for the last decade and are confronted with the topic of end of life daily. We understand the difference between a good death and a bad death, and we are acutely aware of what expert care looks like. Dr. Erin's services were nothing shy of perfection."
Laura OrganesAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"Dr. Noyes was a true blessing. We were able to find her and have her come to our home within a few short hours. It was such a blessing to not have to take Porsche to some cold, unfamiliar and awful emergency clinic on a Sunday afternoon on a holiday weekend and be able to let her pass in her bed on the floor of her house. There are no words to say how thankful I am we found Dr. Noyes. She was so kind and compassionate during such a difficult time and made Porsche’s passing so very peaceful."
Mark and Bri LordAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"Dr. Elizabeth Noyes was gentle, kind, and supportive to Tyler and to us at this very difficult time."
Kathy BurtonRio Rancho, New Mexico
Thank you so much for the almost unbelievable compassion you showed Abby and me during her last minutes on Earth. I cannot thank you enough for bringing her life to such a perfect, peaceful ending. You were so patient, reassuring and gentle, and I can't thank you enough. When my time comes I can only hope to leave this world as humanely."
Heath HallAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"Dear Dr. Erin,
Bruiser was our sweet loving boy. His nick name was baby Bruise or Bruise. Our family appreciates your kindness and understanding during this emotional time. You were very polite and thoughtful. The little things like taking your shoes off so our baby wouldn't know there was a stranger in the house was just one thing we appreciated so much. His last memories were peaceful and full of love from his family surrounding him. Thank you for our last memory of his peaceful passing.
Sincerely with love,
Dymond GarciaAlbuquerque, New Mexico
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center
Best Friends Pet Cremation Services Pet Loss Support Group
Veterinary Emergency & Speciality Center of New Mexico
Animal Humane New Mexico Pet Loss Support Group
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the metro Albuquerque area, including Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Placitas & East Mountains. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $30-$100 based on your location.
Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.
Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. Please have any paperwork ready for the veterinarian to complete so that you can submit it for reimbursement.
Lap of LoveP.O. Box 67572Albuquerque, NM 87193-7572